It was a tough night for Washington basketball at Auburn on Friday. Herb Nightingale has our four takeaways from the Huskies 88-66 loss.
The Washington basketball team lost their first away game of the season. Auburn has been inhospitable to the Huskies this year. First, it was football, then Friday night their basketball team beat UW 88-66. Washington was led by Jaylen Nowell who scored 16 points and Noah Dickerson with 12.
As the score indicates the Auburn Tigers beat the Huskies in every aspect of the game. Washington got off to another slow start or better yet Auburn got off to a fast start. The Huskies scored the first two points in the game then the Tigers went on a 14-0 run before Huskies scored again. Less than five minutes into the first half Auburn was up 14-4.
At halftime, the score was 48-30. Auburn started off on another run from the start of the second half. At the 15:39 left in the game Tigers were leading 61-32. At that point you just wanted to see the Huskies play better, however, they didn’t do so.
Guard the arch
The Tigers were only three of 10 to start the game from three-point land, then got hot nailing the next 5 of their 11 to close out the half. It was more of the same after the break. Auburn’s starters absolutely killed the Huskies with treys. They sank 11 of 24 or 45.8% of their three-point shots. It was too easy. UW needs to do a better job of defending the perimeter.
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Little help inside
Noah Dickerson is Washington’s primary inside player both offensively and defensively. He had two fouls within the first 12 minutes of action, then fouled out at the midway through the second half. He played only 17 minutes and scored 12 points and added six rebounds during the time he was on the court.
The Huskies likely would have lost the game anyway but having Dickerson in the game for a longer period of time may have made it closer. The Huskies need him in the lineup and/or the other big men need to step up. UW won’t be successful when the opponents outrebound them 41-26.
Learn from this game
The Huskies must learn what went wrong in this game. They play the University of San Diego this Monday, November 12 at home. Although it may not look like it, they will learn things from this game, as will their upcoming opponents. We will see whether or not the Huskies can respond in a positive way, or get taken advantage of in the same manner.
See the next “week at a glance” on Monday before playing San Diego.